To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Why does Scout want to know about her father defending "niggers" in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In Chapter 9, Scout nearly finds herself scrapping again--this time with Cecil Jacobs, who has antagonized Scout by claiming that Atticus "defended niggers." Scout isn't sure what it means or why it angers her--she asks Jem, but her brother tells her to ask Atticus--but she knows it is uncomplimentary. Cecil

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